MAN DIES AF­TER BE­ING HIT BY TAXI

The Witness - - NEWS - CHELSEA PIETERSE

A MAN died af­ter he was hit by a taxi while cross­ing the road near North­way Mall early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The man, Them­be­lihle res­i­dent Khany­iso Mabaso (55), had al­legedly tried to cross the road when a taxi, trav­el­ling up Chota Mo­tala to­ward North­dale Hos­pi­tal, hit him.

ER24 ad­vanced life sup­port para­medic An­drew Rogers said the man was still breath­ing when emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived, how­ever, his con­di­tion quickly de­te­ri­o­rated due to the sever­ity of the in­juries.

Rogers said the man had in­juries to his head, face and legs and suf­fered a heart at­tack while paramedics at­tempt­ ed to sta­bilise him.

He said the team at­tempted to re­sus­ci­tate Mabaso, but his in­juries were too se­vere and he died at the scene.

He said emer­gency ser­vices no­ticed an in­crease in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing pedes­tri­ans dur­ing win­ter due to the longer nights and shorter days, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for both driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans to see each other dur­ing morn­ing and evening com­mutes.

He said the in­ci­dents usu­ally oc­curred when peo­ple were on their way to work or on their way home in the evening.

Moun­tain Rise po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Gay Ebrahim said a charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide had been opened against the driver.

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